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Lighting Artist Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn talks Personal Mythology, LED Art Design and Innovation

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Today’s guest on the show is Lighting Artist Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn. In this episode we talk about growing up with artists in the family, design school, pop culture, early hip-hop, street wear, cities being the coral reefs of the human population, personal mythologies, being black adjacent, including yourself, political exclusion, gentrification and God walking out of the room.

Keep in Touch with Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn

    1. Website: https://www.studio1thousand.com/
    2. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/studio1thousand/

Show Notes

  1. Bushwick, Brooklyn
  2. Seattle, Washington
  3. Studio 1Thousand LED Art Design and Innovation
  4. Museum of the City of New York (A staff favorite of New York Said)
  5. Moiré Interference Pattern
  6. How to make a Moiré Interference Pattern (YouTube Video)
  7. The staircase at the Museum of the City of New York marble stairs- Stairs are back for sharing ideas!
  8. The cross pollination of ideas- too much efficiency causes the loss of organic idea generation & collaboration.
  9. Detail: The Brilliance Behind Cooper Joseph Studio’s Starlight by Joseph Ward
  10. In Focus: Starlight: A precise constellation of LEDs takes shape and becomes the focal point for the Museum of the City of New York’s lobby by Aaron Seward
  11. Starlight
  12. Chris Cooper, AIA
  13. Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA
  14. Perot Family Offices, Dallas Texas
  15. The experience should only be experienced with the light.
  16. The story of American Dream
  17. Do you know the family story behind Seattle’s beloved baseball mitt? by Marcie Sillman
  18. Tsutakawa Family Profiled on KUOW by Maiko Kobayashi
  19. Constantin Brâncuși Sculptor
  20. Brâncuși Sculpture Images
  21. Isamu Noguchi American-Japanese artist
  22. Noguchi Sculpture Images
  23. Yayoi Kusama Japanese Artist
  24. Yayoi Kusama Art Images
  25. Did Yayoi Kusama conduct the first gay wedding? (It is Pride Month in New York so we thought we’d share this article too)
  26. Bronze splinters really hurt
  27. So they broke a 350 piece of Japanese pottery…what had happened was…
  28. Wabi-sabi
  29. Japanese Pottery
  30. “Do the work, be successful for yourself aesthetically but don’t place too much value on it” Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn
  31. Be prideful of your work, but be humble.
  32. Art World People vs. Artists
  33. Jeff Staples New York Said Episode: Jeff Staple talks Streetwear Ambassador, 20 Years of Staple Design and Reed Space
  34. George Tsutakawa Painter, Sculptor
  35. Modesty counts
  36. Noguchi Coffee Table
  37. Design Within Reach Noguchi Coffee Table
  38. Aquemini Album – Outkast– Slump Track on YouTube (Baby Gotta Eat)
  39. Artspeak and artist alignment
  40. Neurological connections in creatives
  41. Asperger Syndrome
  42. What Is Autism?
  43. Dave Chapelle Gayle King Interview (Dave Chappelle on fame, leaving “Chappelle’s Show” and Netflix special)
  44. “I was talkin‘ to a guy… he basically said to me that comedy is a reconciliation of paradox,” Chappelle told “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King. “And I think that that was airreconcilable moment for me. That I was in this very successful place, but the emotional content of it didn’t feel anything like what I imagined success should feel like. It just didn’t feel right.”
  45. Comedy is the resolution of disparate concepts coming together.
  46. “A lot of my work is juxta-positional.”  Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn
  47. Over connectedness
  48. The difference between basic and minimal
  49. Why Intellectuals Love to Take the Kardashians Seriously
  50. To Our Daughter Kylie Jenner Video on YouTube
  51. Tumblr
  52. The Blue Planet
  53. “Cities are the coral reefs of the human population.“  This is a part of my personal mythology. Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn
  54. Sanctuary Cities
  55. It took a longtime to call myself a New Yorker.
  56. Queens, NY
  57. Monoculture breeds conservatism which is dangerous.
  58. Brooklyn, NY
  59. New Yorkers are not friendly, but they are helpful.
  60. Pigeons and Hawks in New York
  61. Look out for the people who are directly adjacent. It is really important to look out for people here.
  62. Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act
  63. Small town community
  64. Black Adjacent and Adjacent
  65. Sarah Lawrence College
  66. Do not live an undiscovered life.
  67. The challenging times of defining your identity.
  68. Ripple Bar
  69. Crown Heights, Brooklyn
  70. Learn your New York history to respect the people who live there.
  71. Earsnot Graffiti Artist
  72. alife
  73. Only NY
  74. Supreme
  75. G Shock
  76. ComplexCon
  77. The low barrier to entry
  78. Indie Bands
  79. Gentrification
  80. I Am –Nas 3rd Album
  81. Illmatic Full Album
  82. Nevermind
  83. Deltron 3030 Full Album
  84. Ready to Die The Notorious B.I.G.
  85. The Score
  86. DJ Bruce Lee
  87. DJ 1000
  88. Rakim – The 18th Letter (Always and Forever) + Lyrics Youtube Video
  89. Blackalicious
  90. Hip Hop Music In New York
  91. When doing research you should learn about origin sources
  92. The Roots
  93. DJ Qbert
  94. DJ Stretch Armstrong
  95. DJ Dirty Harry
  96. Hot Waxx Music Store on Jamaica Ave
  97. Beat Street Records on Fulton
  98. Fat Beats
  99. Serato
  100. “I love neon…it is evocative in a historical sense.”  Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn
  101. Infinity Mirrors
  102. “Light art is intrinsically technical.” Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn
  103. The more precise more it costs.
  104. Ideas are expensive.
  105. OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  106. Luck favors the prepared.
  107. Go out there and make opportunities for yourself.
  108. You have to go out there and get it in NY.
  109. Whether or not people are altruistic?
  110. The acceleration of the commodification of creativity & culture.
  111. Prioritizing commerce over everything else.
  112. When you bring money into the picture, God walks out the room.
  113. In Conversation: Quincy Jones by David Marchese in Vulture
  114. Monetizing creativity
  115. Plenty to learn from other people.
  116. Thank you Sophia Wallace for the connect!

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Solving for X with The Mazeking

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In this episode The Mazeking and Amon talk meditation, Marcel Duchamp, Buddhism, film, physics, the big bang theory, being bullied, the process of living and the purpose of art.

 

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American artist The Mazeking 飛龍 (Gabriel Asoka) is known for creating colorful, bold, and provocative artworks. He officially began making art in 1998 and started painting, creating various works, ranging from oil on canvas to acrylic on paper. The majority of his work is done in themed series, sometimes taking months or even a year to complete.

In 2002, Asoka had his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles at the O’Melveny Gallery. His love of life, and passion for exploration springs forth in his works of art. His works are about the Unseen (esoteric), Balance (duality), and Energy; what Asoka calls the “three keys”. When asked about his subject matter “I have always been deeply drawn to the esoteric (spirit), science and philosophy. Which are all, one and the same to me”. Inspired by everything from daily encounters to dreams, he explores various themes, including consciousness, sexuality, and the mystical, offering us a richer and more engaging perspective.

Asoka utilizes colors, contrast and forms as symbols. “I’ve used symbols in almost all my work, sometimes it’s just the color of something, or a shape or form, to represent an aspect of something, states of mind or experiences. It’s something that arose in my life and work over time and became part of my process”. Asoka places no labels or categories upon his work. He does not see art in classifications or categories, such as abstract or representational, stating “Everything is abstract in a way and representational in another way, it’s all perception”.

Over the years, his artworks have been collected by private collectors and can be seen in exhibitions around the world. The Mazeking currently lives and works in New York City.

 

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Art by Artist The Mazeking, Happiness Here Street Art.

Show Notes

The Formula Painting

The Formula Painting by Artist The Mazeking

Fashion Maze Carine Roitfeld

Fashion Maze Carine Roitfeld by Artist The Mazeking

 

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The Story of KRINK with Craig Costello

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Krink ® New York City, Courtesy Craig Costello

Krink ® New York City, Courtesy of Craig Costello

 

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Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention should have been the title of this week’s podcast episode but it’s already the title of Craig Costello’s new book that just dropped with Rizzoli.

In this episode Craig and Amon talk about growing up in Queens, life in San Francisco, the birth of Krink, Alife, minimizing risk, field testing, racking and the challenges of growing a small business.

 

Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention By Craig Costello, Published by Rizzoli

Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention By Craig Costello, Published by Rizzoli

More About Craig

Craig Costello, aka KR, grew up in Queens, New York, where graffiti was part of the landscape and a symbol of the city. While living in San Francisco, he quickly garnered attention when his signature “KR” tag popped up throughout the city. As he became one of the more prominent figures on the streets of NYC and SF, he began to hone his craft by creating better tools launching his own line of homemade markers and mops, combining his moniker KR with the word INK. In Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention, Costello has compiled a visual memoir: from his early days of the ’80s and ’90s and launch with the hip New York City retailer Alife, which put his brand on the map, to his evolution as an artist and high-fashion collaborator.

Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention By Craig Costello, Published by Rizzoli

Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention By Craig Costello, Published by Rizzoli

More about the Book

The book showcases Costello’s seminal style and his extensive body of work, including site-specific installations around the world. It also chronicles his myriad collaborations with Alife, Nike, Coach, Moncler, Modernica, Marc Jacobs, Levi Strauss & Co., Mini (BMW), Carhartt, Casio G-Shock, Kidrobot, Medicom Toy, Stance, agnès b., and colette, among many others. Today, Costello’s reach and influence goes far beyond urban street culture. Krink has grown exponentially into a global artist materials brand with expanding collections of apparel, tools, and accessories; while Costello’s unique aesthetic can be seen on objects from sneakers to luxury goods to cars.

Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention is both stylish and informative, capturing the ethos of punk and hip-hop culture, and is sure to appeal to the fans of high/low cultural crossovers, as well as die-hard fans of street art and fashion.

Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention By Craig Costello, Published by Rizzoli

Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention By Craig Costello, Published by Rizzoli

 

Show Notes

  • Craig Costello
  • KRINK
  • Taking Risks
  • Conservative on the risk tip
  • Minimized Risk
  • Keeping KRINK a Secret 
  • Drippy Tags
  • Didn’t write graffiti on trains in the 80s
  • Ink tags
  • Ditto machine
  • Mimeograph
  • Supermarket ink
  • Grew up in New York
  • Graffiti traditions
  • Making ink
  • Being resourceful
  • Graffiti zines
  • Skills Magazine #7
  • TAKI 183
  • Cornbread
  • Silver KRINK
  • The early process of making KRINK
  • Field testing the product
  • Stop racking 
  • ESPO
  • The Art of Getting Over
  • Alife
  • Futura and Stash Recon Store
  • Getting press
  • The Fader
  • Keeping costs down
  • Learning things the hard way
  • No plan 
  • Pigment in solvent 
  • Graffiti carries a lot of baggage
  • Minimal actions
  • The Red Door
  • Sculptural piece
  • Beyond the Streets
  • Scaling up using color 
  • Using fire extinguishers
  • Skating banks at JFK
  • Infamy (Film)
  • Kunle Martins “Earsnot”
  • IRAK
  • Dash Snow
  • Giant silver drippy tags
  • Controlling the narrative 
  • Keep things extremely simple
  • Canon G7
  • Curious Artist 
  • Ricardo Gonzalez – It’s A Living
  • Shantell Martin
  • Built in aesthetic 
  • “Don’t Blame the Tool, Blame the Fool”
  • Hand made in small batches
  • Keeping the standard
  • Quality Control 
  • Trust yourself
  • Self-doubt

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Inside the Mind of Jim Tozzi

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Jim and Amon sort of go off the rails talking about Wonder Showzen, PFFR, Bert’s Tit, Underground Comics, almost drowning, the Mystery of Picasso, food fights, Federico Fellini, Chuck Jones, puppets, sharpening your eye, sewing machines, Chewties and a bunch of other stuff.

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Jim Tozzi grew up in Everett, a city to the north of Boston. The most distinctive thing about this town was the smell of freshly roasted peanuts due to the Teddie Peanut Butter factory. The factory’s emblem, a grinning cartoon bear with a bucket, would be one of the first influences of advertising on Jim. He went to Everett public school: always an outsider, he preferred drawing weird cartoons and watching monster movies to playing sports.

Jim Tozzi

Jim Tozzi

In his early teens, Jim borrowed a super 8 camera from his Aunt and began experimenting. Lacking a tripod, he would tape the camera down onto the kitchen table and animate various toys, Star Wars figures and clay monsters. He also created a live action series starring his little sister as “Chico” the heavily mustachioed drug dealer who would meet an unlikely demise in every episode. Jim went on to study film and illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design. He continued doing both animated and live action films creating a short film parody of an after school special called “Sunday School Girls” which tackled the subject of what Jesus really looked like.

Jim Tozzi

Jim Tozzi

Jim moved to New York and started working at Broadcast Arts inking and painting animation cels. He also started directing music videos for obscure alternative bands. One of the first was for Mercury Rev and featured Ron Jeremy as a floating space traveler. Jim approached Nick at Nite with his reel and some promo ideas; he was brought on to TV Land to come up with a new promo campaign. This campaign conceived, written and directed with his wife Vezna, developed into the award winning “Twip” series. “Twip” was an imaginary product in which it’s evolution was traced in commercial parodies from the early 1950′s through the 90′s. Now as a directing team, the “Tozzi’s” signed on to Bob Giraldi’s company and began directing spots for Miller Lite, Sprite and Florida’s anti-tobacco campaign. The “Tozzi’s” split up and Jim went solo; joining M-80 he directed an award winning campaign for Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treats for Leo Burnett. He went on to direct comedy spots for Sony Playstation, Nick at Nite and Miller. In his free time Jim likes to draw, paint, take long quiet walks and is a member of the art collective PFFR. Jim is now signed with THEM and living in New York.

Jim Tozzi

Jim Tozzi

Part One Show Notes

Jim Tozzi

Part Two Show Notes

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